Trump insists he 'may declare a national emergency' to fund his appalling border wall
Thanks to President Donald Trump, the government has been shut down for just over two weeks (16 days, to be precise). Thousands of federal employees have been furloughed, federal contractors have been sent home without pay, and many essential government employees are working without pay. The Smithsonians and public parks are either closed to the public or open to it, and those that remain open are quickly gathering said public’s trash. People have—literally—died.
And Trump’s latest comment? He’s willing to declare a national emergency in order to get the funding for his precious, hideously racist and anti-immigrant border wall. He apparently wants to do this within the “next few days.”
His idea is that he may be able to avoid the approval block he currently faces from Democrats and hopes to guzzle the money from elsewhere. (To complete the loop, his issue with Democrats over this funding is why the government is still in a partial shutdown).
“I may declare a national emergency dependent on what’s going to happen over the next few days,” Trump declared to reporters as he departed the White House to head to Camp David this morning.